Sunday, July 22, 2007

Congratulations Padraig

Approach to the 8th II
Originally uploaded by BobTheCorkDwarf
Well done to Padraig Harrington, who finally won a major today. He won the British Open in a four hole playoff against Sergio Garcia.

Well played fella.

RTÉ News:

The President and the Taoiseach have sent their congratulations to Irish golfer Padraig Harrington who has won the British Open Golf Championship.

He beat Spain's Sergio Garcia in a four-hole playoff at Carnoustie in Scotland to land his maiden victory in a major and the first by a European for eight years.

Harrington, 35, completed the extra holes in 15 shots (level par) after the two Ryder Cup colleagues had finished the championship locked together on seven-under 277 following an incident-packed day of high drama on the east coast of Scotland.

Garcia, who had led the championship from day one, returned a closing two-over 73 while Harrington had a four-under 67.

The Taoiseach said: 'This is an incredible personal achievement and I am delighted for him and his family as I know how close he has come to winning a Major on a number of previous occasions.

He becomes the first Irishman to win a major since Fred Daly won at Hoylake in 1947.

'I know of Padraig's dedication on the practice ground and single-minded determination to improve his golf.'

After his victory Harrington said: 'I have come a long way. When I turned pro I would have settled for becoming a journeyman.

'It's been great to be named as someone who could win a major but that brings its own pressure. To actually go and do it, well I don't know what to think.'

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